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A great start for the Third Doctor.
on 16 May 2008
The Pertwee era gets off to a great start with this classic, which sees the show beginning to take on a more adult feel. The new team of Pertwee, Caroline John (Liz) and Nicholas Courtney (in his 3rd appearance as Lethbridge-Stewart) interact together so well. Hugh Burden's Channing and the Autons make genuinely eerie villains and provide us with many memorable moments. Check out the scene in episode 3, where the Auton slices throught the tent before vaporising its victim! The cliffhangers to episodes 2 and 3 are good too, as well as the famous scene of the Autons smashing through the shop windows and invading the streets of London. Perhaps it's no surprise that the Autons were used to relaunch the series when it returned in 2005.
Never mind the disappointing 'tentacles' scene in the final episode, this is still a story that moves along so well, you can watch it over and over again. Arguably the best debut story for a Doctor, and certainly the best until David Tennant arrived thirty-five years later in 'The Christmas Invasion.'